A new inoculant, Bio-Sil, which is proven to work equally well in improving the quality of grass and crop silages, is now available in Northern Ireland.
The product has a 30-year history of proven, on-farm use in Europe. In addition, extensive research and trial work has confirmed the benefits of using Bio-Sil to deliver improved forage quality.
“It all adds up to more milk, improved milk quality and enhanced daily liveweight gains when Bio-Sil treated silages are offered to cattle of all ages,” confirmed Frank Foster, the man behind the development of the Bio-Sil brand in Northern Ireland.
He added: “Bio-Sil also represents tremendous value-for-money in terms of delivering improved performance from forage on all dairy and livestock farms.”
Frank made these comments while visiting the Aghagallon farm of Gary and Michael McHenry. The father and son team milk 280 cows with the herd extending to 560 head. The McHenry cows are currently averaging 9,500 litres.
“We take four cuts of silage each year, starting at the beginning of May,” Michael explained.
“Our plan is to harvest the grass at seven week intervals. We will be using Bio-Silo during the 2021 silage season.”
Frank Foster and his Bio-Sil support team have many years’ experience working within Northern Ireland’s agribusiness sector.
Bio-Sil has been officially approved by the German Agricultural Society (DLG) to improve fermentation in a wide range of forages while also boosting forage digestibility and milk yield. The inoculant has also been tested and fully verified in a number of countries across Europe.
Bio-Sil promotes the rapid production of lactic acid in fresh forage to quickly produce a low pH and stable ensiling conditions across a very wide range of crops. This rapid pH drop is achieved within a period of between one and two days, leading to the elimination of yeasts and moulds.
Mr Foster again: “Trials have confirmed that Bio-Sil acts to reduce dry matter losses, reduce protein degradation, increase energy concentration and increase forage digestibility while also improving forage intakes by between 0.5 and 1.5kgs per day.
“The end result is an improved milk output of up to two litres per cow per day.”
He continued: “Bio-Sil treated forages can be fed out as soon as seven days after the ensiling process has taken place.
“Bio-Sil is available in powder form and comes in 100g sachets. The inoculant is easily dissolvable in water and can be applied using a standard liquid applicator.
“Each sachet contains enough inoculant to treat 100 tonnes of forage.”
Mr Foster concluded: “In the right conditions, Bio-Sil will remain active for 72 hours after mixing. This is another benefit of the inoculant: providing flexibility if the harvest process is halted because of bad weather or a mechanical breakdown.”
n For further information contact Frank Foster on 07841 954328.
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